Obama travels today to two Midwestern states, Ohio and Michigan, to highlight his economic policies and place them in pointed contrast to the sharp budget-cutting proposals of House Republicans - and, by extension, his likely opponent in November, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
In Ohio, Obama will visit a successful job-training program of the type that the White House says would face steep cutbacks in federal financing under the House-passed budget, which Romney supports.
In Michigan, the president will scoop up more campaign cash to help him combat Romney's candidacy.
Romney, for his part, never misses an opportunity to blame Obama
for what he labels as failed economic policies and bloated government, and to argue that the president's had his chance and it's time for him to move on.